… a devotional article about him of several pages length titled, "He's Our Blue-Collar Conscience, Our Rock 'N' Roll Sage, Why America Needs BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Now More than Ever."
As both a card carrying AARP member and an American, I never needed Bruce Springsteen before and admit to NOT needing Bruce Springsteen now more than ever.
Springsteen supported Kerry in 2004. Besides the writing by the article's author, Kerry, as well as some other Springsteen friends and fans, writes a paragraph about why he admires him. Four years later Obama won Springsteen's vocal support.
May I dare to think this may have had some effect on the AARP magazine editors Cover Story choice?
AARP has another article in this issue, titled, "The New Patriotism". The language and full-page artwork is resonant of the worker murals done at the time of Roosevelt's WPA, or perhaps the style of Soviet Realism. It depicts two American 'stakhanovites' (stakhanovites were Soviet heroes of the workplace) drawn in blazing colors, rolling up their sleeves apparently in preparation for what the author enthusiastically describes as, "…a zeal that celebrates more than just symbols these days Americans are rallying to make citizenship a participatory sport."
But, I digress.
What also first caught my eye were a few lines on the front cover, which you will find located down on the lower right of the page, approximately on the thigh level of the sage and blue-collar conscience, Springsteen, who is photographed with his guitar in full stage action.
The copy said: "Walter Cronkite In His Own Words".
Seeking the wisdom I assume AARP intended it's readers to glean, I flipped forward until I found on page 17 four paragraphs placed on the right side of a page shared with other media stories. The quotes were topped by a smiling Cronkite seen in close-up, his head resting punditly on clasped fingers. Under the photo was the header: "The Way He Was".
The articles begins, "By the time trusted anchorman Walter Cronkite died July 17 he'd become loudly opinionated on lots of subjects. Some Uncle Walter nuggets:"
(CRONKITE) "There's no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free or you are not free".
(TK) I disagree. As just one example; I am free to drive 110 miles an hour, but then I may soon find myself not free.
(CRONKITE) "We are not educated well enough to perform the…act of intelligently selecting our leaders."
(TK) We are not told by Cronkite, at least in this single sentence, how he would have our leaders chosen. Perhaps he intends it to be done by an elite, maybe with the requisite that they have Ivy League degrees, or live on the West Side of Manhattan, read the NYTimes and watch PBS.
But it's the next (and last) quote that AARP chose that I gathered may have been a way that Cronkite intended for America to overcome the results of its' voting disability.
(CRONKITE) "We need a system of enforceable world law –a democratic federal world government – to deal with world problems."
(TK) Since America is constantly cited from without and within as causing problems for the world (I recall here O's apologia tours) enforceable world law could also be a way to make sure that we end the transgressions caused by a populace who cannot intelligently choose leaders.
Of course, this hegemonic "enforceable world law" would make us, and the freedoms we have under our Constitution, subservient and thus diminish our freedoms. So, we would certainly not be "all free", and therefore in Cronkite's words "not free".
It looks, though, like that Cronkitian future is coming, so get ready for the new 'freedom' granted by the leaders of places like Sudan, Venezuela, Russia, Cuba, China, Saudi Arabia, et al.
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